WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband (all times local):
The ex-husband of a former Florida escort who's accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill him has testified that someone twice planted illegal drugs in his car.
Michael Dippolito testified Thursday that he suspected his ex-wife, Dalia Dippolito, had the drugs planted at a hotel and a mall and then called police. The convicted conman was on probation for scamming would-be investors and possessing illegal drugs could have sent him back to prison.
Prosecutor Craig Williams told the jurors during opening statements that Dalia Dippolito tried to get her husband arrested so she could get his money, cars and property. When that failed, he said, the 34-year-old defendant tried to hire a hit man to have him killed.
This is Dalia Dippolito's third trial. A 2011 conviction was thrown out on appeal. A retrial last fall ended with a hung jury.
Prosecutors portrayed a Florida woman so eager for her husband to be killed she solicited a hit man, while her attorneys said she was the victim of a police department seeking television fame.
Prosecutor Craig Williams told Palm Beach County jury during opening statements Thursday that 34-year-old Dalia Dippolito wanted her husband, Michael Dippolito, killed so she could get possession of his money. He said she plotted her husband's "destruction."
Brian Claypool, Dippolito's attorney, said she was set up in 2009 by Boynton Beach detectives seeking fame through the "Cops" television show. The case drew national attention when video of Dippolito discussing the possible killing was shown on a "Cops" special.
This is Dippolito's third trial. A 2011 conviction was thrown out on appeal. A retrial last fall ended with a hung jury.